What to do with a box full of kitschy swizzle sticks? #Entertaining#beverages#kitsch#retro/vintage#thrifting June 8 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride So I bought a huge bucket full of these vintage cocktail stirrers at a flea market, "swizzle sticks," the guy called them. He said they belonged to his grandparents, from their many vacation get aways. There are a ton from Las Vegas… there's at least 20 from the Playboy Bunny club! My favorite are the giraffe shaped ones. I want to do something with them, they are so perfectly vintage… but I'm not sure what. I'm a pretty good DIY-er when it comes to figuring out how to make or do something, but what to use these for has me totally stumped. I was thinking cupcake decorations, in that so-bad-it's-good kitschy vintage kinda way. If you have any ideas for how you would use these for entertainment purposes please share! –triciavicious Here's what we came up with: These could be a great way for party guests to keep track of whose drink is whose, kind of like wine charms. Use them as skewers for garnishes, cocktails, or appetizers. String them up and use them as colorful kitschy decor. What are your ideas? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS A Super Mario Brothers-themed birthday party for a six-year-old NEXT It's almost Father's Day: let's get our budget-friendly geeky gifting on via ThinkGeek Show/Hide comments [ 28 ] Oh my god, the giraffes, so cute. Um… are they too long to be dangly earrings? Some superglue and earring hooks could transform a few of these. But you probably don't need ALL of them to be earrings. Reply my parents used to have a cup full of swizzle sticks…and unless you have a particularly long neck, they're WAY too big for earrings. Reply You know how some people collect swords/medieval weaponry and display them on the wall in whaddayacallem – sword caddies? Sword racks? Anyway, maybe you could make a miniature kitsch-tastic "cocktail sword" display to hang on the wall. The giraffe one would be a perfect addition to a miniature shadowbox display. I have a printer's tray hung on the wall that I display miniatures and random bits in, and now I must scour the world for my own giraffe-swizzle to add to the collection! 2 agree Reply That's what I was thinking, in line with those spoon racks people use to display their commemorative spoons. 1 agrees Reply I'd use them to identify my plants and seedlings. Maybe tape a sign to them or a legend for groups (giraffe equals tomatoes, etc). Especially nice if you like colorful gardens, but don't have many decorative plants. 9 agree Reply I think they are all so cool on their own…I would stitch them to a piece of white card board in horizontal or vertical even rows and then frame it! I feel like they so much fun, guest would have a great time just checking them out!! Especially if you have a bar-type area in your home. I would LOVE a find like this, very cool! 2 agree Reply You could join The International Swizzle Stick Collectors Association (I.S.S.C.A.) http://members.shaw.ca/veray.issca/ 4 agree Reply I don't have an awesome collection like that, but we have acquired a couple of cool swizzle sticks. We have this little row of tiny vases that we never manage to keep fresh flowers in. So we just popped the sticks into a few of the vases… it's not high fashion but I'm sure someone else could run with the concept and make it awesome. 1 agrees Reply Space them out and stick them in a big piece of foam (the kind used for flowers would work well – you could spray paint it if you want to change the color). Mount the foam on the wall (my guess is that if you pounded in a couple of long nails about halfway and then stuck the foam on it would stay) and ta da! You have a necklace/ring/bracelet holder that prevents things from getting all jumbled up in a jewelry box drawer. 1 agrees Reply I'd be eyeing them for ironic dollhouse decor — the palm trees and giraffe as-is, the buffalo cut off their stick and displayed as art. This plan requires that you have an ironic dollhouse, of course, but such is handy for indulging decorating ideas that don't fit one's main living space. 3 agree Reply I'd spray paint them and make one of those diy sunburst mirrors 🙂 Or use them for cakes and make little mini bunting/flags and tie them on? 5 agree Reply Found this on pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/91831279871986288/ 2 agree Reply The only problem with using them for their intended purpose is that people have a habit of throwing them away. Perhaps put up a sign like "These swizzle sticks are vintage, please don't toss them out–PS I wash them thoroughly." I had a friend who took cupcakes to an office party in those REUSABLE silicone baking cups. Everyone kept throwing them in the trash. X_x 2 agree Reply Glue them to an exsisting end table, bar, kitchen table… top if hard surface. Build a elevated edge on the perimeter of said hard surface. Fit with either glass or plexiglass. Dont fix it perminently that way you can keep adding and continue the tradition. 🙂 5 agree Reply You could make a cool bar top or side table with them- place them down and pour resin over it to seal them all in 7 agree Reply Stab them through little sammiches instead of those dorky toothpicks with the colored cellophane on the ends! Also, melt them to be a little bendy and make bracelets and rings out of them! 4 agree Reply Oh! I love these. I'd probably line them up in a very evenly spaced and colorful row above a couple of windows or a door frame… depends on what your home looks like, but if you happen to have an old house with big thick stained wood or white door frames and window sills, it'd look pretty great. Reply I'd use them as hair pins. 6 agree Reply I've done the hairpin/ hair accessory thing before, it's a fun vintage summer look! I also love the gardening idea. By the way, hang onto these, as I was just thrifting last week (Los Angeles) and they were selling for a $1 apiece. Not saying they weren't a little overpriced but still…. Reply sort out the ones you reallyreally love and use the rest as gift-decor for selected friends. on packages, in plants, on paper.. Reply you could get a styrofoam wreath and stick them all around it! 2 agree Reply The little giraffes (and other animals like a monkey) used to come on your drink when you went to Sonic drive-ins when I was a teenager. This was before the era of lids on your drinks, of course. Everybody used to have a collection of them on their visors! 1 agrees Reply I second the sunburst idea – though don't spray paint them! Either around a small mirror or a clock mechanism. I think they would look marvelous colour-blocked! 3 agree Reply You could create one of those beaded door divider things with some strong thread and a lot of patience. 1 agrees Reply They are crying out to be turned into a Chandelier! Not sure how but start with this for some inspiration… … http://www.dutchbydesign.com/productlistasp/products-Gypsy-Chandelier-Multi-Colour_SY100770.htm?utm_campaign=Chandelier%20Mania%202&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email 1 agrees Reply I also just bought a bucket of vintage swizzle sticks, many of the same ones as you have!! Unfortunately my only Playboy bunny has an ear missing 🙁 Anyways, I've been racking my brain to find a good use for them too, so far all I've done is grabbed the ones that match my kitchen and put them by my coffeepot. The sunburst mirror and foam wreath suggestions are probably my next route…thanks everyone!! Reply I'm very familiar with those giraffes! My grandpa's company used to make some plastic products. That giraffe was part of a line called "Zoo Piks." At my grandma's house we had a pink plastic jar full of the giraffes. We called them "The Georges," like they were all named George for some reason. 😛 My siblings and I would play with them when we went to Grandma's house. The Georges could stand up on their own, but their necks were so long that they weren't very stable. They were meant to be swizzle sticks, but there were a whole bunch of other shapes that were meant to sit on the rim of a glass. There were monkeys, long-horned cows, and mermaids. There were also swordfish swizzle sticks. We had a whole herd of the cows. Most of them were brown, but there was one red one that was the queen. 🙂 When I was little I had no idea that they were designed to be anything but toys. My grandma moved out of her house a few years ago and I don't think we have any Georges left. 🙁 2 agree Reply Just though of what I'm going to do with mine. Take a large picture frame about the size of my coffee table and arrange them under the glass on a piece of felt or velvet.. Use it for a serving tray or a glass table-top – no coasters needed and no chance of spills, candle wax or cigarette burns harming the table. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.